Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, and a leading cause of disability. Approximately 795,000 people will experience a new or recurrent stroke each year. And 25% of strokes occur in people under the age of 65.
Symptoms of Stroke
Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or understanding
Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance, or coordination
Sudden severe headache with no known cause
National Stroke Association’s Stroke Prevention Guidelines
Know your blood pressure. If it is high, work with your doctor to lower it.
Find out if you have atrial fibrillation. If you do, work with your doctor to manage it.
If you smoke, stop.
If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation.
Know your cholesterol number. If it is high, work with your doctor to control it.
If you are diabetic, follow your doctor’s advice carefully to get your blood sugar level under control.
Include exercise in your daily routine.
Enjoy a lower sodium, lower fat diet.
Ask your doctor if you have circulation problems which increase your stroke risk. If so, work with your doctor to control them.
If you have any stroke symptoms or see them in someone else, call 911.
Keep Cool to Avoid a Medical Emergency
Extreme heat calls for two essential actions – keeping cool and staying hydrated and these two steps will help you avoid serious and life-threatening medical emergencies including heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and dehydration.